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Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/903-EESC
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020
Own-initiative opinion postponed to the autumn

The purpose of the opinion is to examine the extent to which existing EU company law currently serves as an "expedient" for the politically-desirable Green Deal and which gaps still need to be closed, in particular regarding corporate social responsibility obligations. The opinion will aim at following-up on the European Commission's initiative on due diligence and broadening the debate on sustainable corporate governance interlinking the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/906-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 -
Jul 16, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

The European Commission has put the social economy at the top of the agenda for 2020. The aim of the opinion is to emphasise the importance of the common good as a key European value, including in the area of economic activity, and to highlight the high level of innovation of social economy enterprises committed to the common good, with a focus on the provision of social services.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/900-EESC
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020
Own-initiative opinion postponed to the autumn

The purpose of the own-initiative opinion is to contribute to the further development of the Better Regulation agenda and, as part of it, the Fit-For-Future Platform (the envisaged successor of the REFIT Platform) as foresight is to be integrated in the EU policy-making.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/897-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European industry can lead the way as we enter this new age, as it has done in the past.

Three drivers will transform our industry, support our small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and keep Europe sustainable and competitive.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/904-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

This Own Initiative opinion aims to define the special impacts of AI on liberal professional services, the changes of professional profiles and the resultant adaptation requirements in regard to (professional) regulation, professional conduct, professional qualification and training, (financial) supporting measures, infrastructure etc.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/901-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The partial paradigm shift inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has already impacted economies, businesses and consumers. The time has come to scale up, using the common sustainable practices already being implemented as a basis for taking these sustainable practices to the next level.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/894-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

In its White Paper on AI the Commission makes proposals to promote the development of AI in Europe while guaranteeing respect of fundamental rights. AI is growing fast, which is why Europe must maintain and increase its level of investment. At the same time, AI presents potential risks that need to be addressed. The White Paper identifies options for maximizing the benefits of AI and solving the problems it poses, and invites stakeholders to comment on these options.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/902-EESC
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The aim of this opinion is to promote European legislation on circular public procurement, through convergence between the main purpose of the contract and environmental protection, greater attention to small and micro-enterprises, local production and the protection of social rights. This can be achieved by looking for and favouring solutions with a lower impact on the environment throughout their lifespan.

Ongoing (updated on 10/07/2020)
Reference: 
INT/896-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC welcomes this package of new initiatives in a wide range of areas and advocates a European path to digitalisation by seizing the opportunities for the economy together with the protection of our data to ensure privacy and self-determination.

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